What We Can Learn About Oil and Gas From Suzanne West

Suzanne has proven to be a trailblazer as a leader in oil and gas, a sector that isn’t well known for having a female presence at the top. Determined to do things outside of the established approach, she successfully started up four of her own companies in the last 15 years, one of which she just sold for a cool $358 million last year.

Continue reading

Women of Influence’s Carolyn Lawrence To Introduce Featured Speaker Martha Stewart to Toronto

MEDIA ADVISORY

Women of Influence’s Carolyn Lawrence To Introduce Featured Speaker Martha Stewart to Toronto

TORONTO, May 26 , 2014— Women of Influence is a proud sponsor and partner of The Art of Leadership for Women, a conference that features some of North America’s most notable and inspiring women leaders. Each speaker will cover critical leadership topics to an audience of over 1,500 influential Canadian women.

Carolyn Lawrence, Women of Influence President and CEO, will officially introduce the conference’s keynote speaker, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and New York Times bestselling author, Martha Stewart.

Conference speakers include:

– Recent Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon speaker and New York Times bestselling author, Liane Davey

– Four-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Hayley Wickenheiser

– Lead anchor, BBC World News America and bestselling co-author of The Confidence Code & Womenomics, Katty Kay

– New York Times bestselling author of Winning From Within and Harvard Law School Negotiation lecturer, Erica Ariel Fox

 Media is invited to attend on a complimentary basis.

What: The Art of Leadership for Women, a one day conference featuring some of North America’s most notable women leaders. Speakers will share their views on today’s critical leadership issues, inspiring an audience of over 1,500 influential Canadian women.

When: Thursday May 29, 2014, 8:45AM – 5:00PM

Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building – Hall G, 222 Bremner Blvd., Toronto, ON M5V 2T6

ABOUT WOMEN OF INFLUENCE:

Women of Influence Inc. is North America’s leading organization dedicated to the professional advancement of women. Celebrating its flagship 20th year in 2014, Women of Influence continues to offer a menu of solutions through corporate consulting on Gender Intelligence, professional coaching, events, and content — both online and through a quarterly magazine. Renowned events include the Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon Series and the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards. Women of Influence has a community and reach of over 120,000 in nine cities across North America including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Waterloo, Ottawa, Montreal, New York City and Washington, DC. For more information, please visit womenofinfluence.ca.

 -30-

For more information or Media inquiries on Women of Influence or Carolyn Lawrence please contact:

Elizabeth Heggie, Women of Influence

Mobile: 416-803-7811

media@womenofinfluence.ca

MEDIA ADVISORY: Women of Influence Advancement Centre provides powerful curriculum in response to research results highlighting gaps in Women’s Advancement

Women of Influence Advancement Centre provides powerful curriculum in response to research results highlighting gaps in Women’s Advancement

Eight courses help high potential women gain the intangible skills to advance to senior leadership roles more powerfully 

TORONTO – MAY 12, 2014 – Women of Influence launches eight courses in response to the 7 Pitfalls for Women in Business outlined by the recent white paper on the Solutions to Women’s Advancement. In collaboration with Thomson Reuters, the white paper surveyed 326 executive women from across North America to examine how top female executives define their leadership style, strengths, and challenges. The common themes of the paper established a course of action for women and corporations looking to close the gender gap at the executive level.

The call to provide women with intangible skills relevant to leadership and career development has been taken up by the Women of Influence Advancement Centre in the launch of eight highly targeted one-day courses. These courses ensure that women gain the necessary skills, mindsets, and habits showcased by highly successful executive level women. The centre’s unique approach of leveraging the expertise of highly sought after executive coaches, intimate group sizes, and creating an experiential learning environment ensures maximum value to each participant.

“We really wanted to throw out the traditional model of training in which facilitators present hours of slide deck material and the participants act as passive learners who leave with a workbook that eventually collects dust in their office.  Instead, we’ve leveraged experts and coaches who are highly skilled at creating customized experiences. This ensures that each participant leaves with new insight they can apply personally, along with strategies and action items to advance in their own position,” says Christine Laperriere, Executive Director & Lead Coach of the Women of Influence Advancement Centre.

Of the five themes examined, Big Picture, Leadership Responsibility, Leadership Maturity, Self-Initiation and Career Advancement, women executives scored their ability to advance their careers the lowest. In addition, many of the pitfalls for women in business are due to a lack of intangible skills such as the ability to make bold requests, self-promote, lead with confidence, strategically network, and stay the course through stressful times.

The Advancement Centre course offerings span a broad range of subjects that highlight the common strengths exhibited by high-powered executives.  In this specialized curriculum, we help women learn to personally thrive by ensuring they identify their passion and remain empowered when stress levels are high.  We also help women grow their influence by teaching how to be bold without being perceived as abrasive and refine their leadership presence.  We provide participants the critical skills to ensure they grow a successful career by helping them leverage their personal brand, network strategically, and get on boards to create an even larger positive influence in the world.

Women of Influence is North America’s leading organization dedicated to the professional advancement of women. Celebrating its flagship 20th year in 2014, Women of Influence continues to offer a menu of solutions through corporate consulting on Gender Intelligence, professional coaching, events, and content — both online and through a quarterly magazine. Renowned events include the Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon Series and the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards. Women of Influence has a community and reach of over 120,000 in nine cities across North America including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Waterloo, Ottawa, Montreal, New York City and Washington, DC. For more information, please visit womenofinfluence.ca.

-30-

For more information, please contact:

Elizabeth Heggie

Women of Influence

416-923-1688

media@womenofinfluence.ca

MEDIA ADVISORY: Kathleen Taylor to Headline Women of Influence Luncheon

 

MEDIA ADVISORY

Kathleen Taylor to Headline Women of Influence Luncheon

Topics to include Breaking Gender Barriers by becoming the first woman to Chair RBC, and the story of her global career

TORONTO, April 24, 2014— Kathleen Taylor will be headlining the Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon Series on April 30, 2014. The first woman to Chair the Board of one of Canada’s big banks will discuss a wide range of topics including breaking gender barriers and her inspiring global career.

Women of Influence’s prestigious Luncheon Series celebrates the accomplishments of extraordinary professional women along their journey to success. Over the last two decades the series has showcased over 300 notable female leaders from all walks of life, including Ariana Huffington (co-founder of The Huffington Post), Heather Reisman (Founder and CEO of Indigo Books and Music), Margaret Atwood (Author), Cassie Campbell-Pascall (captain of the Olympic gold medal–winning Canadian women’s ice hockey team), Roberta Bondar (physician, scientist, and astronaut), and Venus Williams (professional tennis player).

Kathleen (Katie) Taylor is chair of the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), and chair of its corporate governance and public policy committee. She has served on the RBC board since 2001, and has been a member of the audit, risk and human resources committees (having also served as chair of the human resources committee for four years). She is also a director of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and a member of its audit committee.

Katie is the former president and chief executive officer of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, where she served for almost 25 years – playing an instrumental role in establishing the company’s global portfolio of luxury properties and ensuring the brand’s international success. In that period, Four Seasons quadrupled in size – growing to 90 locations operating in almost 40 countries – while at the same time earning more consumer and industry awards than any other luxury hospitality brand in history.

With welcome remarks from Carolyn Lawrence (president & CEO of Women of Influence) and Ms. Taylor’s introduction by Jane Kinney (Managing Partner, Quality and Risk, Deloitte) the event will last two hours (see details below.) During her keynote address, Taylor will cover a wide range of topics, including:

• Lessons learned during her global career, including doing business internationally in Europe, Asia, the   Middle East, and Central and South America

• Hallmarks of successful in today’s changing business environment

• Executive and board diversity dynamics

• Personal recipes for work-life integration

Luncheon guests are welcome to participate in an open Q&A with Ms. Taylor after her keynote address.

Who:                Kathleen Taylor, Chair, Royal Bank of Canada

What:               Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon Series

When:             Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Where:            Hilton Toronto – 145 Richmond Street West, Toronto, OntarioM5H 2L2

Registration:       11:15am – 12:00pm

Lunch:                 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Keynote:             12:25pm – 1:00pm

Q&A:                   1:40pm – 1:50pm

 

Registration:    To register to attend this event, please visit womenofinfluence.ca or call 416.923.1688

 

ABOUT WOMEN OF INFLUENCE:

Women of Influence Inc. is North America’s leading organization dedicated to the professional advancement of women. Celebrating its flagship 20th year in 2014, Women of Influence continues to offer a menu of solutions through corporate consulting on Gender Intelligence, professional coaching, events, and content — both online and through a quarterly magazine. Renowned events include the Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon Series and the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards. Women of Influence has a community and reach of over 120,000 in nine cities across North America including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Waterloo, Ottawa, Montreal, New York City and Washington, DC. For more information, please visit womenofinfluence.ca.

-30-

For more information or Media inquiries, please contact:

Elizabeth Heggie

Women of Influence

Mobile: 416-803-7811

media@womenofinfluence.ca

 

 

 

Women in the Boardroom

Women in the Boardroom is committed to advancing women in their careers and into the boardroom. WIB offers career-boosting programs plus Premium Memberships which assesses member skill-sets, critiques the board bio and helps make invaluable connections. Whether you want to become a better leader, increase your connections or get into the boardroom, participating in Women in the Boardroom’s face-to-face and virtual events will help you achieve your goals. All senior-management women are encouraged to connect with WIB as an opportunity to learn and network with other executives and board members. For those interested in WIB, please visit www.womenintheboardroom.com to find out how to get on the path to board membership.

PRESS RELEASE: Women of Influence hires Jan Frolic

Women of Influence

PRESS RELEASE

Women of Influence hires Jan Frolic as Associate Publisher & VP Corporate Partnerships

TORONTO, April 14, 2014— Women of Influence Inc. has hired Jan Frolic as Associate Publisher & VP Corporate Partnerships.  Jan Frolic has spent the last 16 years as President of Magazine Network Inc, a national advertising sales and consulting company for several publications across the country.

Women of Influence is celebrating 20 years of connecting, advancing and preparing women to lead in the workplace. With the growth of Women of Influence into Global markets, Jan will be solidifying cross platform national corporate sponsorships for their flagship events, integrated with continuing to grow media sales in print and digital formats.

“I am excited to be involved in the growth of Women of Influence as it is an integrated, multi-platform powerhouse that offers fabulous opportunities for national advertisers to get into the hands, quite literally, of so many influential decision makers in our country and beyond. I look forward to taking these opportunities both corporate and agency side to create fun and impactful experiences for both advertisers and our audience.” says Frolic.

“Our company has grown from a renowned event business, to offering a unique integrated opportunity for corporations to reach influential and affluent women as consumers and employees.  As Harvard Business Review states, “it would be foolish to ignore this market, but some companies do just that”.  With Jan’s help we will be able to make our strategic growth of value to the corporations who hire and market to the women we inspire every year.” says Carolyn Lawrence President & CEO of Women of Influence

 

ABOUT WOMEN OF INFLUENCE

Women of Influence is North America’s leading organization dedicated to the professional advancement of women. Celebrating its flagship 20th year in 2014, Women of Influence continues to offer a menu of solutions through corporate consulting on Gender Intelligence, professional coaching, events, and content — both online and through a quarterly magazine. Renowned events include the Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon Series and the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards. Women of Influence has a community and reach of over 120,000 in nine cities across North America including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Waterloo, Ottawa, Montreal, New York City and Washington, DC. For more information, please visit womenofinfluence.ca

 -30-

For more information, please contact:

Jan Frolic

647 203 5171

jfrolic@womenofinfluence.ca

Rise Asset Development

Supporting business growth. Investing in people.

Rise is a charity that provides low interest business loans, training and mentorship to women and men with a history of mental health or addiction challenges, who are unable to access traditional financing. Rise is a joint initiative of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Rise promotes better quality of life and health outcomes by fostering social inclusion through financial inclusion. Please check out our short video that neatly explains what we do and why we do it!

www.riseassetdevelopment.com